Korean Events of the Week: 11th -17th February

An interesting mix of events this week with another couple of exhibitions coming to an end and more events happening outside of London. There is another K-pop event, though not quite on the same scale as the (admittedly fairly empty) TEEN TOP concert, some film screenings and an opportunity for those who are interested to practice their language skills.

High Resolutions @ ATLAS Gallery

It’s the final week to see Jeremy Hunter’s ‘Arirang’ as part of the High Resolutions exhibition at ATLAS Gallery. His work features images of fifty thousand young North Koreans taking part in a mass display of stunning yet disturbing North Korean propaganda as part of the country’s annual mass games in capital city, Pyongyang. It looks like a really interesting exhibition so if you have time this week, make sure you catch it before it closes.

Until 16th February / Opening times Mon-Fri 10am-6pm Sat 10am-5pm / ATLAS Gallery 49 Dorset Street London / Click here for details.

Soon Yul Kang – Spiritual Journey @ MOKSPACE

It is also the last full week’s exhibitions for Soon Yul Kang’s Spiritual Journey, an exhibition of beautiful, intricate and calming tapestries. We went along to the opening of the exhibition in January which you can read about here.

23th January – 18th February 2013 / Opening Hours: 11am – 6pm / MOKSPACE 33 Museum Street London WC1A 1LH / Click here for details.

HADA Group Exhibition- KIM HYUNJUN, KIM YOUNGHUN, HAN JISOC @ HADA Contemporary

There is still a few weeks left for this exhibition at HADA Contemporary with the theme of  ‘the bittersweet nostalgic visual narration on their imaginative reinterpretation and critique on our lives within the contemporary culture and society’. There is a diverse range of work on display in the form of both sculpture and painting from 3 different Korean artists. Kim Hyunjun’s sculptures seem to give a very interesting critique on modern life while Kim Younghun uses abstract paintings to explores and questions the interconnectedness of modern technology while Han Jisoc’s abstract works attempt to symbolise the disconnect we have from the world around us.

7th February-3rd March / Opening times 11am-6pm / HADA Contemporary 21 Vyner street London E2 9DG / Click here for details.

KCC Film Night: Peppermint Candy @ KCCUK

As part of the Korean Culture Centre’s programme of free film screenings, they will be showing director Lee Chang-dong’s 1999 Drama ‘Peppermint Candy’. This is part of the  KCC’s ‘Year of 4 Actors’ and features one of the first major film performances from the first actor on the list, Moon So-ri. A serious film about the events leading up to the lead character’s suicide attempt, this may be a good screening for those of us trying to avoid all things romance this Valentine’s Day.

14th February 7pm / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand ,London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details.

ROM Open Mic – K-pop Acoustic Live Event
A live music event focussing on K-pop and Korean music covers. This event is the first from the organisers, RoM Live Events and will feature a wide range of musicians and performers. The evening will also feature a giveaway and will be followed by karaoke.
16th February 1.30pm / Admission: £2.50/ Norito, Studio 5, 162/164 Abbey Street, London SE1 2AN / Click here for details.
Park Chan-wook’s Stoker @ Glasgow Film Festival
The English-language debut of arguably Korea’s most internationally renowned director Park Chan-wook is being screened as part of the Glasgow Film Festival on the 16th and 17th February. It’s the first of two films by Korean directors to be shown at the festival and film-goers in the Glasgow area can catch it on either Saturday at 8.30pm or Sunday at 4.30pm. It recently debuted at Sundance and features performances from Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska and cinematography from Park’s longtime creative collaborator Chung Chung-hoon.
16th February 1.30pm / Admission: £4.50-8.50/ Glasgow Film Theatre (Saturday) or Cineworld Renfrew Street (Sunday), Glasgow / Click here for details.

Korean-English Language Exchange Meetup: Intermediate level and above

The long-established Korean Language Meetup group is having another of its regular meetups for intermediate and above Korean speakers and learners to meet up and practice with each other. To book a place and find out more visit their Meetup page. The event details are all in Korean so be aware this event is ONLY for those who already speak Korean at a conversational level.

17th February 7pm /  Central London (Location only shown upon booking) / Click here for details and to book.